UNIAXIAL COMPRESSION TEST WITH VARYING SILICA SAND CONTENT, PARTICLE SIZE AND TEMPERATURE

Authors

  • hinichi Kanazawa
  • Masaki Yanai
  • Nozomi Ichikawa
  • Naoki Muto
  • Koji Ishiyama

Keywords:

Bentonite, Geological disposal, temperature, Uniaxial compression test

Abstract

At present, underground geological disposal at depths greater than 300 m is considered a viable
disposal option for high-level radioactive waste generated from the reprocessing of spent fuel used in nuclear
power plants. In geological disposal, bentonite is employed as the primary component of buffer material filling
gaps between waste and geologic rock. Bentonite has remarkable water absorption swelling and low
permeability characteristics. Bentonite buffers are generally mixed with silica sand to improve workability and
economy. However, specification details have yet to be completely determined. It is anticipated that the buffer
material will be exposed to high temperature due to the heat generated by the vitrified solid. This study aims
to understand the mechanical properties of bentonite buffer material by employing uniaxial compression tests
after applying temperatures between 30 ℃ to 90℃ to bentonite specimens with different silica sand contents
and particle sizes. Results of the experiment confirmed that uniaxial compressive strength tends to decrease
with higher blending ratios of silica sand greater particle sizes and temperatures.

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Published

2020-10-30

How to Cite

hinichi Kanazawa, Masaki Yanai, Nozomi Ichikawa, Naoki Muto, & Koji Ishiyama. (2020). UNIAXIAL COMPRESSION TEST WITH VARYING SILICA SAND CONTENT, PARTICLE SIZE AND TEMPERATURE. GEOMATE Journal, 19(74), 210–215. Retrieved from https://geomatejournal.com/geomate/article/view/1880

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